Friday, January 11, 2013

To Keep Smiling: A 2013 New Year's Resolution by Heather Marie

A lot of amazing things happened last year––from getting married to signing with an agent. Everything was going so well and nothing could get me down. But as the days and months went on, more and more challenges came my way and I found myself in a rut.

I've always been the type of person that could pick herself up when she's down, but certain things have a way of piling on top of you until you start to feel suffocated. And this, my friends, is where my resolution comes in.

The year has started out a little rough, which is why I've decided that I'm not going to let last year's woes infect the good that could come of a new year. So far, the husband and I have decided to start fresh and get a new apartment that we both love. And with that, so many opportunities have opened by just that one thing. Even though there are things that can get a little dicey with this move, I'm still so excited about the first place we're getting together, and nothing can change that.

I have to remind myself that it doesn't matter what bumps I hit along the way, because I have someone who loves me and reminds me every day that he's there for me. That alone is hard to accept. I've been on my own for a really long time, and it's strange to forget that independent part of me and rely on someone else when I'm struggling. But it's important to remember those people, and to tell yourself that it's okay to ask for help.

In the end, I want to promise myself that no matter what happens––with writing, jobs and life––that I'll always look on the bright side. Because if there's one thing I know: Things always get better. It might not happen right away, but deep down I will remind myself that it will. This last year, I've learned the value of patience, and that has helped me realize that the world will go at its own pace. Even though I may be dying a little inside because the things I want, I want them so badly, but just because they're not happening now doesn't mean they never will.

So I'm going to take that patience with me into 2013, and I'm going to allow myself to just... breathe. To stop and enjoy the little things. To relax and stop over thinking. To keep calm and let things go. And most of all, I'm going to remember to smile. Because as long as I stay true to myself, and to those I love, everything else will fall into place.

Heather Marie is a YA writer represented by Michelle Witte from Mansion Street Literary. She enjoys writing horror/supernatural stories that make you question that feeling of someone watching over your shoulder. Heather spends most of her days reading and writing and plotting her next idea. When she's not in her writing cave, she enjoys watching creepy TV shows with her husband and picking apart plot holes in movies.

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1 secret replies:

  1. What a wonderful, positive way to look at it! Good luck with your resolution, and may this year be even better than last year. (Though it IS hard to top getting married and finding an agent. Wow!)